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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission is original work and does not infringe on any third party’s copyright.
  • You have obtained permission for any third party material that is used in the submission.
  • The author(s) submitting the work is/are the actual author(s) of the work, not a third party.
  • You are aware that the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license applies to all works published by Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and that authors will retain copyright of their work.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format. Papers will be published in PDF and HTML formats.
  • The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section, has been anonymized. Authors' names have been removed from the text and file name as well as from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu. Any other identifying information, such as institution name, unit, organization, or event has been removed or replaced in the manuscript. For articles that reference data that has been shared publicly, authors should provide information about where the data is held but redact any identifying information such as a DOI.
  • Submissions adhere to the EBLIP Publication Manual and references follow APA style guidelines.
  • The text is single-spaced; does not use columns; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and is free of embedded field codes and fully editable. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • All URL addresses in the text are activated and ready to click (e.g.,

Classics and Special Topics

The Classics and Special Topics section consists of reviews of publications that have
had a significant impact on library and information practice. Classic works often
have an enduring legacy even when most contemporary practitioners no longer
reference these works specifically, while recent works may highlight innovative
ideas, theories, methods, or practices that are having an important influence in the
field. In addition to reviewing the work, authors may provide a fresh perspective on
or reconsideration of the work’s significance.

Authors should organize their reviews into two major parts: the Abstract and the

1. Abstract. Authors should summarize the work concisely using standard structured abstract
headings (250-500 words):
o Objective
o Methods/Implementation
o Major Findings
o Conclusion/Implications for Practice

2. Commentary. Authors should review the work’s significance and may provide a fresh take on
or reconsideration of the work. Authors should describe the context at the time of the
publication, as well as existing professional practices and any previous research inquiries
related to the subject. Articles should be written in a formal/academic style and attempt to
answer the following core questions:
o How did this work influence subsequent applied research?
o Is there anything that we can learn from the author’s approach that might guide today’s
applied research?

Classics and Special Topics articles are typically between 1000 and 2500 words in
length, excluding references, tables, figures, and any appendices. If you are
interested in suggesting a work or writing a review that should be featured in the
Classics and Special Topics section, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.

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